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May 5, 2001%^$

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Ohio State is in third place at the Big Ten Championship today after round three. The Buckeyes scored 289-287-284=860 to maintain the third place position after the second day of the three-day tournament hosted by the University of Illinois. The tournament is being held at the Stone Creek Golf Club (par 72).%^$

Mike Austin (Sr., Burton, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic) came back from a 27th place finish yesterday after round one to finish round three in second place individually today. Austin fired a three-under par score of 69 in round two and a six-under par 66 in round three for a three-round total of 209, just one stroke behind tournament leader, Luke Donald who scored a 208.%^$

Jason Oien (Jr., New Albany/Westerville North) is in 11th place, scoring 73-71-72=216 and Justin Collins (So., Ironton, Ohio/Ironton) is in 21st place, shooting 69-73-76=218. Ryan Dennis (Jr., Stow, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) shot a three-round total of 219 for the Buckeyes and Kevin Hall (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/St.Rita) is in 37th place, shooting 223.%^$

The Big Ten Championship will conclude tomorrow with round four beginning at 1:30 p.m.%^$

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%^$TEAM STANDINGS (par 72) RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL%^$1. Northwestern 289 280 284 853%^$2. Purdue 286 283 285 854%^$3. Ohio State 289 287 284 860%^$4. Minnesota 291 291 286 868%^$5. Michigan State 285 294 292 871%^$6. Penn State 293 291 289 873%^$7. Iowa 300 292 284 876%^$8. Illinois 294 291 294 879%^$9. Wisconsin 301 287 292 880%^$10. Michigan 296 293 294 883%^$11. Indiana 302 304 305 911%^$

%^$OSU INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL%^$2. Mike Austin 74 69 66 209%^$11. Jason Oien 73 71 72 216%^$21. Justin Collins 69 73 76 218%^$24. Ryan Dennis 74 75 70 219%^$37. Kevin Hall 73 74 76 223